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Fill
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This watercolor artist expresses the filling of a broken vessel. The clay cracks prohibit the watery contents from being completely contained. The pouring continues and a dribbling leak becomes a cascading spill.
The spill causes the pot to fall into the water. The jar is no longer stable or upright. It begins to sink. The sinking appears to be the end of the clay jar. When, in fact, total submergence will mean its true filling. In submergence, cracks no longer have the power to cause a leak, or impede the jar's created purpose. When the process is complete, the jar is not only full, but inhabitted, surrounded, saturated with what it was made to contain.
This picture is a paradox. It expresses the uncomfortable tension that is rooted in my faith and belief: In order for a faulty physical vessel to contain something holy, something has to change. One life must be lost, before a truly filled life can be found. .
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"Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake, will find it. "
~Jesus
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